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Model Information: Features:
- 5 pole motor w/ Flywheel drive
- Cab Interior
- Special material diaphram to connect the 3 cars together for prototypical appearance.
- Lighted Interior in cars #2 and #3 (The motor/drive is in the the lead car which was also the freight and Mail compartment on the original train)
- Directional Lighting
- PC board "DCC" ready, with 8 pin ready for sound installation if you choose.
- Modeler can add DCC decoder /and or Sound Unit of his own choosing if he so desires.
- Flush fit windows
DCC Information: 8-pin plug (Digitrax SDN144PS sound decoder sold separately by Con-Cor ref. 0001-006014
Prototype Description: The Pioneer Zephyr is a name that has become synonymous with the word "Streamliner" and needs no introduction. Almost all railfans the world over instantly recognize the name. While the Union Pacific was running their M-10000 "Streamliner" some months before the Zephyr was put into service in May of 1934, the Zephyr stole the public relations show and is better-known and more widely remembered than the UP's M-10000.
The Zephyr's distinctive nose began making the newspapers and newsreels. As a symbol, the train had a distinctiveness, a sleekness, an "image" if you will, that made it easy for the public to identity. When it made its record breaking 1015 mile run on May 26th from Denver to Chicago, it gained even more PR. It traversed the 1015 miles non-stop in 13 hours, 4 minutes and 58 seconds to arrive at the Opening of the Century of Progress Exposition.
It was one of the biggest attractions at the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago during the summer of 1934. Before it went into regular service in the Fall of 1934, it was taken on tour. During 1934 it traveled to over 220 different American cities and was toured by over 2 million People.
So even if you are not a Burlington Route Fan, it is quite possible that the Zephyr visited your city and you could run it on your layout as a white flagged special just like the real train did during its travels in 1934 over many different railroads in the East, Midwest and Western USA.
The Pioneer Zephyr also stared in its own Movie, "Silver Streak" and was seen by millions more people all over the world.
Road Name History:
In 1967, it reported 19,565 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 723 million passenger miles; corresponding totals for C&S were 1,100 and 10 and for FW&D were 1,466 and 13. At the end of the year CB&Q operated 8,538 route-miles, C&S operated 708 and FW&D operated 1362. (These totals may or may not include the former Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.)
Information sourced from Wikipedia
Brand/Importer Information: Con-Cor has been in business since 1962. Many things have changed over time as originally they were a complete manufacturing operation in the USA and at one time had upwards of 45 employees. They not only designed the models,but they also built their own molds, did injection molding, painting, printing and packaging on their models.
Currently, most of their manufacturing has been moved overseas and now they import 90% of their products as totally finished goods, or in finished components. They only do some incidental manufacturing today within the USA.
Item created by: Alain LM on 2016-07-24 09:57:35. Last edited by Alain LM on 2016-07-24 13:49:22
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